Europe will not be torpedo-ed from Asia: Speaking Of Asia Ep 6

  • 8 Oct 2021

Speaking of Asia Ep 6: Europe will not be torpedo-ed from Asia  47:54 mins Synopsis: Join The Straits Times's associate editor Ravi Velloor, in this series of podcasts as he distils his experience from four decades of covering the continent. In this sixth episode, he has two special guests - the French ambassador to Singapore Marc Abensour and the newly arrived European Union ambassador, Iwona Piorko. They discuss the recent Australian decision to drop a contract with France to build diesel electric submarines in Adelaide. Australia chose to go for nuclear powered submarines from either the United States or the United Kingdom and the three nations also announced a new security formation, called Aukus which is described as an Enhanced Trilateral Security Partnership. The cancellation of the submarine contract greatly upset France, which withdrew its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra to show its displeasure. France's fellow European Union members in the European Union were taken aback, after they had released a major policy paper on the IndoPacific that deserves much more attention. Ambassador Abensour on why the breakdown of the deal with Australia is a breach of trust and consistency in this region? (3:25) Steps being taken to fix this breach of trust while maintaining important relationships with allies (5:27) Ambassador Abensour on the long-term French approach to the Indo-Pacific? (8:08) The EU's approach paper titled the EU Strategy For Cooperation In The Indo-Pacific: Ambassador Piorko on the EU’s approach, and how different it is from the US and Japanese approaches (13:15)  Can France pursue an Indo-Pacific strategy without close cooperation with the Aukus and Quad powers? (21:19) How Europe views Asean's efforts to cut a deal with China on a code of conduct for the South China Sea (34:50) Produced by: Ravi Velloor (, Ernest Luis, Hadyu Rahim and Fa'izah Sani Edited by: Hadyu Rahim & Fa'izah Sani Subscribe to our Asian Insider Podcast channel to follow our various shows each week and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: Apple Podcasts: Google Podcasts:  Spotify: Website: Feedback to: Read Ravi Velloor's columns: Follow Ravi Velloor on Twitter. Discover the Asian Insider newsletter.  Discover Asian Insider Videos --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider Podcast: Green Pulse Podcast: Health Check Podcast: ST Sports Talk Podcast: Life Weekend Picks Podcast: #PopVultures Podcast: Bookmark This! Podcast: Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: Discover BT Podcasts: Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! #STAsianInsider See for privacy information.